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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 23, 2011 9:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: about keyboards and such.

Agreed. And I think it's a good point that for a band so focused on sound (and so willing to schlep around gear), it's kinda funny to have gone the way of a rather (to me) plastic sound for the keyboards.

It seems to my uneducated ear that Keith's real piano just sounds better. But then, I hadn't realized that Keith DID switch to a Yamaha way at the end. (Or that he was dealing with rentals.)

And ultimately, with Brent ... what an odd choice, really, for a band so focused on sound! I've just attributed it to the old non-interference dynamic ... if Brent wanted plastic, it was like Jerry chasing the dragon ... they all shrugged and let him have his way. But presumably there was more to it. Technical and practical points and all. And maybe the "desirability" of a non-real piano does relate in part to the rental issues and piano tuners and so on.

This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2011-08-24 04:57:06

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Poster: debris_slide Date: Aug 23, 2011 11:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: about keyboards and such.

I understand where people are coming from when they talk about having issues with Brent's keyboard tone.

The way I always thought about it was that he was trying to fit into the "Group tone". Jerry's tone changed subtly over the years and by the time Brent joined the band he had become very piercing at times...able to make the notes pop with a prickly intensity that almost resembled a xylophone with slight distortion...Brent most likely sat in during the first initial rehearsals in 79 and thought the stock keyboard and piano sounds didn't allow him to be able to emphasize what he was trying to do musically.

Brent's sound was mimicking Jerry's clean and distorted tone noodling. It allowed for these really amazing syncopated rhythms with Jerry and Brent trading runs and following each other. It really made the songs come alive with activity... ex:let it grow became pretty ferocious.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Aug 24, 2011 12:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: about keyboards and such.

I agree with it all, especially the last comment.

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